From a contemporary press report:
Laverne E. Rohrbaugh, 75, who was minister of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church from 1974 to 1983 and retired in 1986 from Cheverly United Methodist Church, died of cancer September 21, 1999 at the Washington Veterans Affairs Hospital. He lived in Beltsville.
Dr. Rohrbaugh was a native of York County, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.
He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II and was held prisoner by the Germans at Barth, Germany, from 1944 to 1945.
Dr. Rohrbaugh's military honors included five Air Medals and a Purple Heart.
His first pastoral assignments were in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, and Hagerstown, Maryland.
Dr. Rohrbaugh was a member of the Beltsville Rotary Club, the Interchurch Club of Washington and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Rohrbaugh of Beltsville; and a daughter, Pam Draper of Centreville.
ROHRBAUGH, REVEREND DR. LAVERNE E.
On Tuesday, September 21, 1999. Beloved husband of Shirley E. Rohrbaugh; father of Pam Draper; brother of Geraldine Baker and Doris Hoffman, both of York, PA. Relatives and friends may call at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC, Tuesday, September 28, from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery.
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